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The Hermitage

Nunney near Frome, Somerset (Ref. 9248)



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Reviews & Ratings

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "It was smaller than the pictures indicated."

    It was damp smelling on arrival and one of the bedroom smelt of dog.

    Reviewed by SuzanneOct 2021

  • "We have to agree with other recent reviews in that it was very dark, bit smelly , and damp in the wardrobe."

    Poorly lit in the kitchen and the windows needed cleaning. The lounge seating wasn’t very comfortable and wouldn’t have worked for four people . On the plus side main bedroom bed was very comfortable, the cooker, dishwasher and fridge were good and utensils were satisfactory. We understand it’s an old building but feel it was overpriced for what it offers. A torch should have recommended as the alley to the cottage was very dark .

    Reviewed by LyndaSep 2021

  • "Damp and Dark."

    A lovely cottage tucked away in a quite corner next to the castle. The garden was very overgrown and not allowing any sunshine to get through, also there was a large very dirty container in the corner so not a pleasant courtyard to sit in. The cottage was very damp, all clothes in the wardrobe were very damp and have had to be put in the airing cupboard back at home, a few de-humidifiers would be a good idea as I noticed other complaints about damp. There is no storage in the 2nd bedroom. We had to buy cleaning cloths and anti bac spray as none were left.

    Reviewed by DavidSep 2021

  • "Inadequate Lighting on the path between the first entrance and the cottage door."

    If there was lighting, it was not very obvious on how to swich on. Could do with a shower screen to avoid water being splashed. A rickety armchair in sitting room. More facilities for clothes storage would have been welcome.

    Reviewed by MalcolmSep 2021

  • "The cottage although appreciate the age was very smelly and very dark the trees and greenery was in need of being cut back which made the downstairs very dark."

    The windows needed cleaning also and the cottage was in need of a clean and fresh paint. The village was lovely and quaint and a few nice walks and a good base to go to other places around the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by BridgetAug 2021

  • "A beautiful home in a stunning village."

    We very much loved our week in Somerset. Thank you

    Reviewed by AnneMay 2021

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful location."

    Great facilities and wonderful decor. Nunnery has fantastic walks and the castle is amazing. Lovely cafe just outside the entrance to The Hermitage and the local Spar has everything you need. There was a local jazz band playing in someone’s garden at the weekend too; great atmosphere! We loved the stay and would love to come back again. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by StephanieMay 2021

  • "Our home from home!"

    Fridge could do with defrosting! Otherwise we love it!

    Reviewed by JulietOct 2020

  • "The cottage was a delight in a beautiful location."

    It had everything that was stated in the description about it. The welcome basket was a lovely touch too. Just a small niggle was a salt pot containing very little salt and no pepper available. Maybe some sachets of salt and pepper would be useful. Also we tried to make up a fire as there were enough logs for one fire but no firelighters or kindling to get it started. These are minor things and we enjoyed our stay in The Hermitage very much.

    Reviewed by LizSep 2020

  • "I think the details before you book should state “kitchen contains foldaway table and chairs."

    Reviewed by MarjorieSep 2020

  • "Fabulous location ,short walk to shop and lovely pub ."

    Such a pretty village . Cottage had a welcome pack too ! Ideal for couples looking for a peaceful location.

    Reviewed by DebbieSep 2020

  • "Our third visit to this property in Nunney - What a charming village!"

    Reviewed by JulietJul 2020

  • "Such a charming Cottage in a charming village - a castle, a church, babbling brook."

    pub, village shop - what more could one ask for? If you are looking for a quiet peaceful week this is the place to go!

    Reviewed by JulietFeb 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely and cosy, perfect for the few nights we were staying."

    The sofa was a little uncomfortable to sit on as was the rattan chair, for the cost of the property for the 3 nights we expected a few more logs, we were only provided enough for 1 fire and weren’t made aware of where we could get more. Also we were only provided with 1.5 rolls of toilet paper, over the 3 nights with 4 people, it just wasn’t enough, again, with the price of the property little things like this was lacking. On the plus, the welcome basket with loaf of bread, tea, coffee, sugar and biscuits were a lovely touch, the cottage was very clean and tidy and warm over all and the instructions to get into the property were spot on, no issues with that. The village of Nunney was delightful and we got to explore it when storm Dennis finally disappeared and we went for dinner at the local pub which was also lovely and welcoming. We would book again.

    Reviewed by ShannonFeb 2020

  • "Lovely little cottage with modern facilities in the heart of the village."

    Really peaceful and easy access to Longleat

    Reviewed by MariaDec 2019

  • "The information from sykes was up to date and provided quickly."

    Also appreciated the second email with a reminder of key collection e.t.c. I would book a holiday with sykes again, but unfortunately the cottage itself did not meet our expectations. It was in a lovely village, beautiful position next to the castle and the pub round the corner was excellent! First impressions were of a idyllic cottage, quaint and cosy, but it had not been cleaned particularly well from the last guests. We arrived and went to make a cup of tea - there was a green, circular thing in the kettle - we were unsure if it was some sort of a limescale remover, if it should be in there or not in there and quite how long it had been in there - if it should be there, maybe they need to let people know with the information they provide in the cottage. So we used a pan to boil our water instead - after cleaning it, as there was old food stuck to the inside of it. I also had to sort through the mugs in the cupboard to find ones that were clean, as old food was stuck to the inside of some of them too and a lot of them were chipped. There were also food stains on the blankets on the chairs in the front room, which looked as though they would probably come off if they were washed. The larger bedroom also had short hairs all over one of the pillows, as it was the second pillow down, it looked like they had just switched pillows over to put the clean one on top. On top of that I shook the duvet before getting into bed and two dead spiders and a lot of dust came flying out. My mum slept in the other bedroom and the underside of her duvet was covered in a lot of long black hairs, (not just one or two), again it appeared the duvet had just been flipped over from the last guests. As well as that she had an old tissue under the bed from previous guests. Also surprised that they supply two loo rolls but expect you to replace what you have used ready for the next guests. It was a shame the cleanliness was not up to scratch, as it was a lovely place and in a perfect position for us. That is also the only reason the facilities were marked low, because we felt we had to clean things to use them and felt unclean getting into the beds. If it was cleaned properly it would have been perfect and received excellent feedback.

    Reviewed by SoniaNov 2019

  • "Lovely little village with its own Castle just up the road, such a pleasant surprise!"

    Really a delightful place. Very peaceful, just right for a restful break.

    Reviewed by JulietJul 2019

  • "· The location was excellent - beautiful, secluded and a perfect getaway."

    Nunney itself is well positioned for travel to outlying areas such as Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Salisbury and so forth. The cottage is well stocked with cooking equipment, books and DVDs, and there is on-street parking outside or nearby. The castle at the end of the small street is a definite bonus! · There were some touches that took a bit of the shine off the place: - The guest book was filled with people praising the warm welcome from Flo and her husband, and this meant that we felt a bit short-changed as there was no such welcome for us. - The instructions for getting the keys and getting past the door code were not sent to us, leading to me calling the company that runs the place and having to wait while it was all worked out before getting in. - The bathroom was made for very small people. To appreciate the bath you needed to be 5' or less, and the shower was only an attachment to the bath with no screen, so there was no way to stand to have a shower. The toilet dripped internally. - It is an old place, so the doors throughout don't shut too well, and thus there's absolutely no privacy for conversations anywhere. - The walls in the main bedroom had been repainted, but the bed hadn't been moved to allow it so the painting stopped just behind the headboard, which was a shame given the care that had gone into the rest of the place. The side cabinet was similarly painted only a certain way inside, for the sake of appearance rather than a complete job. - The only things that were provided were a lot of cleaning things, an almost finished container of hand soap and two toilet rolls. A little more in that department would have been appreciated, as it meant that one of the first jobs was to go out and get more things to stock up, such as soap etc.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2019

  • "There was just one problem."

    There were three if us staying there,my wife and I and my sister. Some toilet paper would have been appreciated. Four sheets between three if us for a week? To be fair I think this was just an oversight, and aoart from this everything was really fine. A lovely cottage in a beautiful village!

    Reviewed by VincentMay 2019

  • "Beautiful little cottage, with everything you could need in a really quaint village"

    Reviewed by AdrianNov 2018

  • "An enjoyable stay at this quaint concealed cottage, within a couple of minutes walk from the castle."

    On our arrival, Flo & Terry were waiting to greet us & showed us around downstairs & left us a vase of flowers, which was a nice touch. Due to its age, there is a slight fusty smell, even in the hot weather. Therefore we felt that the property could do with a freshen up, with new carpets, (main bedroom & lounge carpets both had stains) plus a new sofa & chair in order to avoid having throws over the furniture, which were too warm in the heat & untidy looking. Flo pointed out that there was a brand new hob & oven, as well as other new kitchen appliances, so some improvements have begun. The garden is secluded & peaceful, but again needs some tlc to enhance its appearance, as parts are overgrown. Again, it just needs tidying up & a few pots with flowering plants would help to brighten it up & make it more welcoming. Overall a pleasant stay with time to relax in this sleepy village. If you need WiFi to help plan your days out, forget it as the place is deliberately without this facility & depending on your network provider, there can be no service.

    Reviewed by JaneAug 2018

  • "The caretakers made us feel very welcome and this made our stay even more enjoyable ."

    Reviewed by RudolfJul 2018

  • "The warm welcome we received upon arrival from Flo."

    It really was a home from home.....all we needed was there. The cottage was lovely, especially with the table and chairs outside.

    Reviewed by RachelJul 2018

  • "The cottage is located in a charming village with a castle at the end of the street!"

    Flo who greeted us on arrival and showed us around the cottage was a truly amazing person who made us feel so welcomed. The cottage is in an ideal location to visit the surrounding areas and this enabled us to see Bath, Bradford on Avon, Salisbury and Devizes among others. It has a lovely little garden to sit in either to enjoy breakfast before heading out or to sit in with a drink on your return!!

    Reviewed by PatriciaMay 2018

  • "Caretaker helpful."

    Reviewed by RobertApr 2018

  • "The keyholder who we met on arrival was very helpful all through our stay."

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2017

  • "Location close to town ."

    Well equipped cottage. Overall very nice holiday.

    Reviewed by GarethApr 2016

  • "The cottage was great and the caretaker was lovely, this made our stay a really lovely break."

    Great location for trips into Somerset or Wiltshire. Lovely village and location next to Nunney Castle a real gem. Looking forward to our next visit as we would love to stay there again.

    Reviewed by IanOct 2015

  • "The Hermitage is very private and cosy, the owner was a very friendly, lovely lady and we had a very warm welcome."

    The village of Nunney is a nice village with a good tea room and pub. They both serve good food. The village also has a beautiful church and castle.

    Reviewed by SiemonMay 2015

  • "The cottage was very charming and in a beautiful setting."

    It was very unique and somewhere quite different to stay.

    Reviewed by AmandaOct 2014

  • "The cottage is marvellous and absolutely cute."

    The owner is such a nice lady who does everything to make you feel comfortable. When you are looking for a real traditional cottage in a middle aged village, you go to Nunney. We had a splendid holiday in the Hermitage.

    Reviewed by NataschaOct 2014

  • "Peaceful quiet village."

    Central to everything we wanted.

    Reviewed by CaroleSep 2014

  • "The Hermitage is a tiny, cosy, 250 year old cottage situated near Bath."

    The cottage itself is very lovely and everything you need is at hand. A perfect place for a romantic or family holiday!

    Reviewed by BeateAug 2014

  • "Nice cottage, super sweet caretaker and super surroundings."

    Reviewed by AnnetteJul 2014

  • "Cosy cottage - the log burning stove was delightful during the very miserable weather we had at the time."

    This cottage is better equipped than our home! The castle just up the street is a wonderful old ruin and the whole village is quintessentially what you would expect from an English village largely unspoilt by time.

    Reviewed by ChristopherJan 2014

  • "The cottage was very cute, warm and authentically furnished."

    The kitchen was superbly stocked. The care taker is a treasure!

    Reviewed by AbigailOct 2013

  • "Lovely quiet place to stay."

    Good location, lots of places of interest. We had a lovely holiday, and it was a great place to stay.

    Reviewed by PeterJul 2013

  • "Very friendly people, very nice cottage in a beautiful village."

    Reviewed by KatrinJun 2013

  • "We loved the Hermitageand stayed an extra day."

    The caretaker was wonderful. She had put provisions in the fridge and was very helpful with directions. The views were very nice. The only place we stayed with a castle down the street which we thought of as our own. Appliances were fine. Garden was delightful.It is a place we would love to return to.

    Reviewed by NancyMay 2013

  • "We really loved the log fire and the fact that the cottage had central heating."

    It had a lovely homely feel and we felt sad to leave.

    Reviewed by KarenMar 2013

  • "Fantastic, small cottage in a great location."

    Reviewed by WendyFeb 2013

  • "The Hermitage was so cute and cozy!"

    It was perfect for a little relaxation retreat. The owners were so helpful during our stay!

    Reviewed by CambriaFeb 2013

  • "A wonderful week in a wonderful house with the best caretakers ever!"

    Reviewed by UteOct 2012

  • "The cottage was perfect for a romantic getaway, we especially enjoyed the fire place."

    The area itself was beautiful. Lovely warm welcome on arrival and many things to see and do!

    Reviewed by MaryAug 2012

  • "Very cosy cottage."

    Great location for visiting places of interest. Lovely quaint village and everyone was very friendly.

    Reviewed by AngelaJul 2012

  • "A quiet area surrounded by lots of history."

    A beautiful place for us to relax as a family and adventure out around the surrounding villages. The children enjoyed their time playing in the castle which was only seconds away from the cottage. They even ventured there during the night time also! We had a lovely holiday and would love to go back again.

    Reviewed by LizApr 2012

  • "The log burner and seclusion was fantastic."

    Reviewed by EmmaFeb 2012

  • "The caretaker was so lovely, she went so many extra miles to make sure that we had a lovely time!"

    It was a real privilege to meet her. Such a peaceful location and a cosy cottage, too. Ideal for chilling out!

    Reviewed by JessicaFeb 2012

  • "A lovely secluded retreat."

    Great having a castle next door.

    Reviewed by SimonDec 2011

  • "The very nice place, the cosiness and the atmosphere in the cottage."

    Also the very nice wood-stove, the settees, carpet on the floors, the nice beds and so on. The people who looked after this cottage were very friendly and helpful! It was a perfect stay and we are looking forward to the next time!

    Reviewed by GertNov 2011

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The property

This quaint, semi-detached stone cottage, dates back to 1750, and is tucked away in a peaceful location within the attractive village of Nunney, three miles from Frome.

This charming holiday cottage oozes character, combined with modern comforts.

A well-equipped kitchen has all that you need for preparing home-cooked meals, and the cosy sitting room features a woodburning stove, perfect for relaxing in front of after a busy day exploring.

Outside, there is a pretty courtyard garden, an ideal place to sit with a refreshing drink on a pleasant summer’s day.

A gentle stroll takes you to the picturesque ruins of the 14th century Nunney Castle; enjoy a picnic beside the moat, or discover the castle's history and on the way home why not stop off and treat yourselves to the real ales on offer at the local pub?

Nearby Frome is a charming village with a variety of events, vintage shops, art galleries and independent shops and cafes.

There are also a number of individual workshops where you can peruse the local wares.

Bruton is home to the Hauser & Wirth Somerset gallery and arts centre which is a must see, and while there why not visit the on-site restaurant which serves locally sourced food.

There is plenty to do within a short drive; take in a show at Frome’s Merlin Theatre, marvel at the magnificent houses and gardens at Longleat and Stourhead, explore ancient Glastonbury or visit regal Bath.

The Hermitage provides a comfortable, romantic base in an idyllic Somerset village.


  • Two double bedrooms
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, WiFi, Smart TV with Freeview, and integrated DVD player, selection of books, games and DVDs, CD player
  • Nespresso machine (takes original shape capsule pods)
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking available close by
  • Small courtyard garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 mins walk
  • Note: The steep cottage stairs may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: No working parties
  • Access to one side of the second double bed only

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About the location


Frome 3 miles; Bath 18 miles; Glastonbury 18 miles.

Arguably one of Somerset's prettiest villages, Nunney is dominated by England's smallest castle, built in the 14th century and surrounded by a picturesque moat. Sadly ruined during the Civil War, the castle still commands an attractive, much-photographed, centre piece to the village. Local amenities include a tea room, shop, newsagent and a pub serving good food and real ales, whilst the annual August street fayre is well-known for its carnival atmosphere! The nearby town of Frome offers a good selection of shops and restaurants as well as regular events at The Merlin Theatre. Alternatively visit Longleat House, gardens and safari park, or Stourhead, both a short drive, whilst ancient Glastonbury, Wells cathedral, Wookey Hole, and the majestic cities of Bath and Salisbury are all easily accessible. A picturesque Somerset village providing a most interesting holiday location at any time of the year.

Region Information

Note: No working parties.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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